OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018
On Jan. 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Department of Labor is required to adjust penalties for inflation each year. New penalties for willful and repeat violations are $129,336 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $12,934 per violation; and failure to correct violations is $12,934 for each day the condition continues.
Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summary Beginning Feb. 1
OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between Feb. 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.
The Rule To Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness
OSHA sets Dec. 15, 2017 as the extended date for compliance
OSHA's final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets Dec. 15, 2017, as the date for compliance (a 2-week extension from the Dec. 1, 2017, compliance date in the proposed rule). The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations. To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on Aug. 1, 2017, OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 15, 2017. OSHA is currently reviewing the other provisions of its final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, and intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of that rule in 2018.
CSPR Study on Building Gated Cities: Lakewood, CO
The economic and fiscal impacts of restricting housing growth
In a period of rapid-growth and prosperity, a central question facing Coloradans is, "How do we manage anticipated growth?" The availability and affordability of homes is critical for individuals to raise a family, start a career and generate wealth. Businesses also need to be able to continue to attract and retain talented workers that can afford to live and thrive in the communities they work. The Common Sense Policy Roundtable Building Gated Cities report takes an in-depth look at a proposed 1% housing growth limitation in the City of Lakewood and the potential social and economic impacts of the measure. The report builds on the city's findings to suggest that the proposed legislation to limit housing growth - intended to cut down on congestion and improve quality of life - is likely to achieve the opposite.
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